It's a phone scam. In fact, it tops the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams this year, and it's been surging in recent months, the agency said Thursday. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which oversees the IRS,has received reports of 290,000 scam calls since October 2013 and said nearly 3,000 victims have been swindled out of $14 million so far.
"Hello, we have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you." That was the message on my answering machine when I returned home from work.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Federal officials are looking into the latest scam targeting taxpayers. If you've received a phone call claiming the IRS is suing you, don't call back. It's a scam, according to IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins. She says taxpayers are never contacted by robocalls.
IR-2014-53, April 14, 2014 WASHINGTON - As the 2014 filing season nears an end, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide.
Versión en español IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013 WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.